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This subject will examine a range of cultural objects, with various deterioration and preservation issues. Using participant-led discussion and teacher-led investigation, students will provide input from their particular cultural perspective as to possible best practice and effective treatment options for the longer term conservation of the object. Students will also learn to contextualise particular examples within broader knowledge-sharing principles that are central to cross-cultural conservation practices. Basic conservation treatment decision-making will be examined and this will require students to consider the complexity of intervention and the impact of cross-cultural decision making where senior knowledge may be cultural, academic or professional. Students will then undertake basic treatment of an object.
Intended learning outcomes
- Understand the role and value of cultural material as the basis for developing cross-cultural dialogue and understanding.
- Become familiar with selected methods of construction of cultural material and be able to extrapolate this knowledge to other materials and practices.
- Be able to identify problems with cultural materials and provide recommendations for care
- Identify and discuss materials under consideration in objects presented to class.
- Demonstrate best practice in the decision-making relevant to the treatment of cultural materials and associated heritage.
- Articulate complex cultural issues involved in the treatment of objects and associated heritage.
- Develop strong research and research production skills that reflect complex cross-cultural decision-making.
- Ability to contextualise complex knowledge and synthesis this into rigorous documentation and effective communication.
- Ability to understanding how value and significance are assigned within other cultures, and that is transferable to other leaning environments (including in other cultures or other education and research programs).
- Contribute to debates about culture and its significance.
Last updated: 29 October 2019